As­sam pop­u­la­tion pol­icy crit­i­cised for be­ing ‘anti­mi­nor­ity’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - NATION HINDUSTANTIMES - Rahul Kar­makar

GUWAHATI: A pol­icy passed by the As­sam assem­bly on Fri­day to check state’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion has re­ceived flak from state’s mi­nor­ity out­fits for be­ing ‘against the marginalised’.

The res­o­lu­tion, passed by the house within hours of state health and fam­ily wel­fare min­is­ter Hi­manta Biswa Sarma mov­ing it, seeks to bar those hav­ing more than two chil­dren from con­test­ing polls, get­ting gov­ern­ment jobs or ben­e­fits.

Badruddin Ajmal, chief of the All In­dia United Demo­cratic Front, said the pop­u­la­tion pol­icy bore marks of the RSS’ in­flu­ence and tar­geted the Mus­lims and other marginalised groups.

“Mus­lims are not even 1% of the gov­ern­ment work­force, and the pol­icy in­tends to shut them out of the lim­ited job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture.

There is a per­cep­tion that Mus­lims have more chil­dren, but the world knows il­lit­er­acy and poverty add to the num­bers,” Ajmal told HT .

“The least the BJP gov­ern­ment could have done is ed­u­cate peo­ple about the ben­e­fits of small fam­i­lies be­fore try­ing to im­pose it on the peo­ple,” he added.

In a state­ment, Ox­fam In­dia’s Nisha Agrawal had ear­lier said the pop­u­la­tion pol­icy in­fringed upon the re­pro­duc­tive rights of women who could be forced into un­safe abor­tions.

The Congress found a ‘link’ be­tween the pol­icy and the BJP’S move to bring Hindu mi­grants from Bangladesh to counter the per­ceived de­mo­graphic in­va­sion by Mus­lims who con­sti­tute 34% of As­sam’s to­tal pop­u­la­tion.

“If the BJP is sin­cere about con­trol­ling pop­u­la­tion, why does it want to bring in non-mus­lims from neigh­bour­ing coun­tries?” for­mer CM Tarun Go­goi asked.

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